No matter where you are in life, whether fisherman or financier, He is standing before you posing the very same question today that is sure to challenge every aspect of your comfort zone. “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (See Mark 1:16–18) It seems an amazing task to walk along the surf, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the great outdoors gaining the ultimate tan, then witnessing and experiencing the miracles made manifest in the lives of all those touched. That is… before the sense of panic sets in realizing that in order to truly follow, you must drop everything which will cost you your life, not just your worldly lusts and desires, but possibly unto death. In other words, relinquish your control over not only your environment, but your choice in enjoying a relaxing day at the beach verses being hurled about by the wind amidst waves breaking upon the bridge of your boat to the point you are about to be capsized. Surely, the glamor is quickly washed out to sea and the reality of truly putting all your trust in His hands is revealed.
Gazing up towards the highlands, I caught the faint glimmer of a beacon of light shining out from one of the twin lighthouses and the reality that soon… darkness would fall over the entire bay. In much the same way, the gospel of light (the Word of God) pierces through the spiritual darkness we face even now, guiding us in the way that we should go. How can we, as fishers of men, reach the soul of the darkened mind that “the god of this age has blinded”? Presenting the gospel message is more than just quoting scripture. As we see demonstrated by Paul at Areopagus (See Acts 17: 22-23), it is by revealing the gospel of love in a way they can relate, thus being a fisherman isn’t what draws the fish to the net. Rather, it’s the light of the gospel being lived out through you that shines the way and only by His Spirit… the nets are filled. Your part is to continue to cast out your nets when He tells you to, not on your clock or knowledge, but His.
Where is your sandy beach and more importantly… is His light within you like that of the lighthouse and are you willing to drop your net and become, a fisher of men?
©By S. A. Tower, 2014